Like libraries, gardens are nuturing environments for both individuals and communities; and today, libraries nationwide are beginning to incorporate gardens into their public services. Banks's and Mediavilla's new book is, in fact, the first-ever book on this trend and showcases several beautiful library gardens from around the world. And as they make clear in this interview, you don't need a green thumb to begin cultivating one!
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If you want to learn about library technology, whether past, present, or future, Kenneth J. Varnum is exactly the right person to talk to. Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library, he has more than two decades of experience working with public-facing technology in academic, corporate, and special libraries.
To her many fans, early literacy expert and presenter Betsy Diamant-Cohen needs little introduction. The unique blend of play, activity, music, and reading developed by Diamant-Cohen and known as Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL for short) has been presented in countless locations across the US.
How do you guide students to move beyond just finding answers and towards critical thinking? It's exactly the approach Michelle Reale outlines in her new book Inquiry and Research: A Relational Approach in the Classroom. An associate professor and head of access services and outreach at Arcadia University, she took some time out from her duties to speak with us about the epiphany behind writing the book, the role of reflective practice in information literacy, and much more.
Since Vicki L. Gregory first published Collection Development and Management for 21st Century Library Collections, it has become a go-to resource for both LIS students and professionals. The new edition cements its status as a classic text on the discipline. So we were thrilled to discuss with Gregory the updates and enhancements she's incorporated into the book. Our interview is below.
As outlined by Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson, the concept of metaliteracy expands the scope of traditional information skills (determine, access, locate, understand, produce, and use information) to include the collaborative production and sharing of information in participatory digital environments (collaborate, produce, and share) prevalent in today's world.